Engineering researchers from around the country are to get first-hand experience of industrial practice as part of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Industrial Secondment scheme.

This year, 11 academics from nine British universities will take up placements, hosted by partner organisations in engineering sectors from telecommunications to defence. The scheme enables early- and mid-career researchers to collaborate on a research project in an industrial environment, while strengthening their university’s links with industry.

The Academy provides funding of up to £30,000 per secondee to cover up to 12 months’ salary costs, travel and accommodation. Two of this year’s secondments are financially supported by the Engineering Research Network Wales (ERNW).

The full list of secondees and their projects is as follows:

  • Dr Fatih Kurugollu, University of Derby
    Media content analysis for cyber security using deep packet inspection, hosted by Titan IC Systems Ltd
  • Dr Tim Storer, University of Glasgow
    Conversation oriented software project management, hosted by JP Morgan Glasgow Technology Centre 
  • Dr Richard Williams, University of Glasgow
    Engineering river freedom for resilience, hosted by cbec eco engineering 
  • Dr Ioannis Paraskevopoulos, University of Greenwich
    xCite: collective innovative training environments, hosted by QinetiQ 
  • Dr Daniel Edward Clark, Heriot-Watt University
    Multi-sensor multi-target tracking applications for UK defence, hosted by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Dr Benito Sanz, University of Kent
    Development of electronically reconfigurable antennas, hosted by Leonardo UK
  • Dr Sebastian Timme, University of Liverpool
    Airframe aeroelastic analysis, design and development using computational fluid dynamics, hosted by BAE Systems      
  • Dr Tuck Seng Wong, University of Sheffield
    Sustainable manufacturing of surface-active chemicals using biocatalysis, hosted by Croda Europe Ltd
  • Dr Rong Zhang, University of Southampton
    Novel cross-talk cancellation technique for achieving multi-gigabit broadband over copper wires, hosted by British Telecom
  • Dr Chenfeng Li, Swansea University
    Temporary works: embedded physics, structural reliability and risk assessment, hosted by Costain group plc – funded by ERNW
  • Dr Rajesh Ransing, Swansea University
    7Epsilon: process control and productivity/quality improvement for turbocharger wheel production, hosted by Polycast Ltd – funded by ERNW        

Notes for editors

  1. The Industrial Secondment Scheme provides an invaluable opportunity for early- to mid-career academics to undertake a collaborative research project in an industrial environment. The scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between the university and the industry host by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties.
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655
E: Aaron Boardley